The gallery at Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, London was transformed in 1996 for an extraordinary exhibition of 30 ultra-violet paintings in a completely blacked out gallery, lit only by rows of ultra violet lights.
The dawn of the Acid House scene and the advent of electronic music presented new possibilities to Rufus Knight-Webb, inspiring him to originate a totally contemporary form of Techno Expressionism. Knight-Webb began a series of works in fluorescent acrylic that revealed a further dimension under UV light. What appears as one painting during the day, metamorphoses into a new work at night. These new Space Paintings were a hybrid of abstract forms, geometric patterns and psychedelic illustrations of cinematic space epics such as Stanley Kubrick’s “2001”. His work appears on many iconic record sleeves of the 90’s, such as Derrick May’s “Innovator”
The private view was a happening with the marvellous Louise the Trapeze painted by KNIGHT-WEBB and performing in UV light in the cavernous basement area of Elms Lesters.
“Infinite Geometry” 1991
ultra-violet paint on canvas
90 x 90 cm